VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A new deal with the Vatican could protect Chinese Catholics but silence Pope Francis’ critiques of China.
(RNS) — A unanimous ruling by the International Court of Justice demanded that the Myanmar government prevent any genocidal acts and preserve all evidence of state-led atrocities against the Rohingya minority, including murder, torture, rape and arson.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber was able to sneak into a wedding hall in Kabul where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.
BERLIN (AP) — The apology came on the same day that Pope Francis acknowledged that the sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church was driving people away.
ABUJA, Nigeria (RNS) — Muslims on the ground and experts in Washington worry that the detention of a Shiite cleric and the killings of his followers will provoke the Islamic Movement of Nigeria into waging war.
(The Conversation) — Author Salman Rushdie’s book goes to the heart of Muslim religious beliefs and challenges some of the most sensitive tenets.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — After a lawsuit was filed, the station began permitting women to speak during limited hours, “and only on stereotypically female topics like recipes or education,” said an activist.
LONDON (RNS) — For the past two years the Church of England has committed itself to developing a strong presence online, with a particular target of attracting people who do not regularly go to church.
(The Conversation) — In Trinidad, where Muslims make up 5 percent of the population, a parade of colorful floats marks the Shiite holy day of Ashura, but the festival also commemorates those killed in the anti-British Hosay riots in 1884.
KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) — In a bid to contain the virus, thousands of churches remain closed in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
KIGALI, Rwanda (RNS) — An estimated 8,000 churches and 100 mosques have been closed in what some say is a human rights violation, but which the government defends as a move to require clergy to meet modest standards for education.
(The Conversation) — In the 21st century, evangelical conservatives aren’t promoting their agenda by smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain, but by harnessing Putin’s reputation as a leader in the resurgent global Right.
(RNS) — Pancasila, a set of founding principles including ‘belief in the the One and Only God,’ has historically demanded respect for the country’s six formally recognized faiths.